"I have found that my degrees in Environmental Studies/Science were very helpful to my job in land use planning. Topics such as Env. Law, and Government and Env. Policy helped provide an understanding of the foundations and history of the land use regulations I must now understand and navigate, while topics like Geology, Ecology, and River Systems etc.., have given me a fundamental understanding of the real world factors which necessitate the regulations and the science upon on which the policies are built." Nate Joyner '13
The environmental studies major at MCLA is a multidisciplinary program. Environmental studies majors study human activities and their effects on natural systems through coursework, fieldwork, research and internships. The complexity and interdisciplinary nature of environmental problems requires that students be provided with a solid foundation in the natural sciences, as well as the social sciences. Environmental studies students therefore take courses in departments and disciplines including biology, chemistry, geology, economics, and sociology. Partnerships with local environmental organizations and agencies provide students with opportunities to gain experience investigating and developing solutions to environmental problems of regional significance. Students graduating with a degree in Environmental Studies will be able to:
• Use classical skills such as critical thinking, research, speaking and writing as they apply to contemporary environmental issues
• Use particular technologies necessary for modern professionals in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities • Quickly assess environmental problems and work effectively in a team to suggest realistic solutions
• Enter either the professional world or graduate school with broad understanding, specific skills and significant experience in environmental studies.
Why MCLA is Different
Our major includes a variety of courses in disciplines including biology, chemistry, geology, economics, and sociology. Through our partnerships with local environmental organizations and agencies, you can investigate and develop solutions to environmental problems of regional significance. Study abroad offers you the opportunity to experience the environment from a different geographical perspective.
Each spring we host a weekly Green Living Seminar series, centered around a specific topic related to current sustainability issues. See the mini-documentary about TCE pollution in North Adams groundwater created by seminar students.
Environmental Studies Faculty and Students Complete Study on Bacterial Pollution to Hoosic River
MCLA, in collaboration with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, has completed a study on sources of bacterial pollution to the Hoosic River in northern Berkshire County. Read the final report and report addendum.